100% of Northeastern University–Charlotte’s First ABSN Graduating Class Pass Nursing Licensure Exam

— All Received Job Offers before Graduation Proving Market Demand for RNs —

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 10, 2018) ― The entire inaugural graduating class of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program at Northeastern University-Charlotte have all passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first try. A passing score on the NCLEX-RN is required in order to practice as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. All seven graduates, who had already received job offers before their May graduation, are now preparing to start their nursing careers in Charlotte as well as other North Carolina markets including Raleigh/Durham and Winston Salem.

“The immediate employment of our entire first ABSN class in Charlotte is further evidence of the market demand for registered nurses in the region as well as nationwide,” said Mary Griffin, ABSN program director at Northeastern University-Charlotte. “The 100% pass rate on the licensure exam shows that our accelerated program, for those with an existing bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline, teaches the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed for a career in nursing.”

Some of the new Northeastern nurses will work at Atrium Health, one of the ABSN program’s clinical partners along with Novant Health. Both organizations play an important role in providing the diverse patient care experiences the students need to become practice-ready.

“As Charlotte’s thriving health care sector continues to expand employment opportunities for clinically prepared nurses, Northeastern plans to grow the ABSN program and further its goal of placing more nurses in the workforce to help balance supply and demand,” said Dr. Cheryl Richards, CEO and Regional Dean of Northeastern University – Charlotte.

About the NCLEX-RN
Administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the NCLEX-RN is a nationwide exam that helps to ensure that every nursing school graduate has the knowledge and skills to deliver safe, effective patient care at the entry level. As of March 2018, the national first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN among graduates of bachelor’s degree nursing programs is 91.73%.

About the Northeastern University-Charlotte ABSN Program
By leveraging a student’s bachelor’s degree in another field of study, the accredited ABSN program at Northeastern University-Charlotte makes it possible to earn a BSN degree in as few as 16 months. The full-time, four-semester program features a rigorous blend of online coursework, hands-on labs, and in-hospital clinical rotations that prepare students to sit for the NCLEX-RN with confidence. Information on how to apply for the program can be found at northeastern.edu/absn. # # #

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